Sacrosanct means beyond alteration, criticism, or interference, especially due to religious sanction, and inviolable. The term is derived from the phrase sacer esto ("let him be accursed") and reflects that violation of a tribune's sacrosanctity was not only a secular offense, but a religious offense as well.
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- Jonah - Chapter 10, Verses 68-69, Holy Koran
They say, Allah has got a son!
Whereas He is the Most Sacrosanct
And the Self-Sufficient One.
Everything that is in the skies
And the earth belongs to God.
You have no proof to show!
Do you allege about Allah what you don’t know?
Say, whoever fabricates lies against Allah the Truthful
Will never ever be successful.
- Asif Andalib in: Jonah (Chapter 10, Verses 68-69, Holy Koran), poemhunter.com
- Pulitzer Prizes are the preeminent mark of achievement in American journalism. As the prizes for reporting on Vietnam in defiance of official wishes show, they also point to the press's view of its role in society. That view has changed substantially over the more than eighty years of the Pulitzer Prizes' existence. Exposing official corruption on a local level had always been part of what journalists see as their function. But today, more than ever before, they are ready to write critically about the policies of the federal government, even in the once sacrosanct areas of foreign and national security affairs.
- Lewis, Anthony (2002) in "History: Pulitzer Prize Reporting of the Twentieth Century", The New York Times. Times Books. pp. ix-x. ISBN 9780805071788.
- The second law of thermodynamics is, without a doubt, one of the most perfect laws in physics. Any reproducible violation of it, however small, would bring the discoverer great riches as well as a trip to Stockholm. The world's energy problems would be solved at one stroke. It is not possible to find any other law (except perhaps, for super selection rules such as charge conservation) for which a proposed violation would bring more skepticism than this one. Not even Maxwell's laws of electricity or Newton's law of gravitation are so sacrosanct, for each has measurable corrections coming from quantum effects or general relativity. The law has caught the attention of poets and philosophers and has been called the greatest scientific achievement of the 19th century.
- Ivan Bazarov, as quoted in Human Chemistry (Volume Two) Lulu.com, 1-September 2007, p. 572.
- Democracy is a spiritual testament and not an economic structure of a political machine; it was a testament with basic beliefs: that the personality was sacrosanct, which was the meaning of liberty; that policy should be settled by free discussion; that normally a minority should be ready to yield to a majority, which in turn should respect a minority’s sacred things.
- I'm dubious about having Social Security put into the stock market. I think that we have gotten very far away from the idea that there's something sacrosanct about retirement investments.
- It is the sacrosanct duty of the government to follow the law and the pronouncements of the court and not to take recourse to such subterfuges. The government should have reminded itself of the saying of Benjamin Disraeli: 'I repeat - that all power is a trust - that we are accountable for its exercise - that, from the people and for the people, all springs, and all must exist.
- Benjamin Disraeli quoted by Supreme Court of India in: SC quotes Shakespeare, Disraeli to lambast Goa government, the New Indian Express, 4 September 2013
- Science is not sacrosanct. The mere fact that it exists, is admired, has results is not sufficient for making it a measure of excellence.
- Paul Karl Feyerabend in: G. C. Nayak Philosophical enterprise and the scientific spirit, Ajanta, 1994 , p. 223
- I wish to express no contempt for individual devout and pious member of that Catholic church. They are welcome to their sacraments, they're welcome to their reliquaries and to their Blessed Virgin Mary, and they're welcome to their faith, to the importance they place in it, to the comfort and the joy that they receive from it. All of that is absolutely fine by me. It would be impertinent and wrong of me to express any antagonism towards any individual who wishes to find salvation in whatever form they wish to express it. That to me is sacrosanct as much as any article of faith is sacrosanct to anyone of any church or any faith in the world. It is very important.
- Stephen Fry, in The Catholic Church is a Force for Good in the World Debate in Central Hall, elance.com, 19 October 2009
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- Science might indeed remould traditional mythology, traditional morals were impregnable and sacrosanct to it. We must learn not to take traditional morals too seriously.
- J. B. S. Haldane in: J. Gordon Mowa, er al., The Canadian Magazine of Politics, Science, Art and Literature, Volume 63, Ontario Publishing Company, Limited, 1925, p. 316.
- He had been an extremely thorough and patient Judge with unremitting industry and keen sense to discover truth and do justice. Law, liberty and justice were upheld with consummate ability and independence by His Lordship. On public controversies, some of his judgments are thought provoking. He disputed the correctness of any attempt to whittle down fundamental rights while making it clear that the right to property was not forever sacrosanct. The distinction between the law and order and the public order, has been brought out succinctly in his reported judgments.
- Mohammad Hidayatullah in:Speech By Mr. S. G. Page, Government Pleader, High Court, Bombay, Made On Monday, Bombay High Court, 28 September 1992
- I cherish the Franco-German cooperation as one of the most important developments in post-war Europe. But I will not accept is as being so sacrosanct that the rest of us shall simply adapt to what is decided between Paris and Berlin. But on the other hand, I am quite sure that Germany does not share the French conviction that Europe should be defined as a "counterweight" to the US. And nor do I.
- Uffe Ellemann-Jensen in: "50 Jahre Nordischer Rat"; Vortrag von Außenminister a.D. Uffe Elleman-Jensen, Botschaft von Finnland, 10 October 2003
- The feminization of America has made emotions sacrosanct while condemning as cold and unfeeling rigorous concepts such as duty and honor. Propelled by incessant hosannas to woman's "finer" this and "softer" that, we make emotional decisions instead of ethical ones and then congratulate ourselves for having "heart”.
- There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties the novel is dead … In any case, it seems to me that all over the world people nowadays prefer to judge rather than to understand, to answer rather than ask, so that the voice of the novel can hardly be heard over the noisy foolishness of human certainties.
- ...any full doctrine on evolution, gave it an impulse by suggesting a view contrary to the sacrosanct belief in the immutability of species — that is, to the pious doctrine that every species in the world now exists as it left in the hands of the creator, the naming process by Adam, and the door of Noah’s Ark.
M - R
- In the good old days, things seemed simpler -- film was smart, television was dumb. Television would rot your brains, make your children fat, ruin your family by filling the sacrosanct dinner hour with "Happy Days" reruns.
- Mary McNamara in: TV: It's good for you, Los Angeles Times , 16 August 2009
- Israeli Jewish society in Israel as well as the Israeli Jewish leadership continue to uphold Jewish supremacy as sacrosanct and non-negotiable. This manifests in their continued commitment to the laws that safeguard Jewish supremacy in Israel.
- Joseph Massad, in:The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinians, Routledge, 27 September 2006, p. 148.
- This characteristic of the Afrcian human rights system was solemnly reaffirmed declaration in 1992 in the Tunis Declaration, which stressed that the principle of the indivisibility of human rights is sacrosanct. Civil and political rights cannot be disassociated from economic, social and cultural rights. None of these take precedence over the others.
- And this book may suggest to some computer professionals that their position should not be as sacrosanct as they have thought, either.
- God gave man dominion over the earth and so anything we did was therefore sacrosanct.
- The egoist never allows them to ossify into 'fixed ideas' : he never allows them to grow in to sacrosanct dogmas, which he must not question or alter and of which he would therefore have become the prisoner.
- I fins it profoundly symbolic that I am appearing before a committee of fifteen men who will report to a legislative body of one hundred men because of a decision handed down by a court comprised of nine men--on an issue that affects millions of women... I have the feeling that if men could get pregnant, we wouldn't be struggling for this legislation. If men could get pregnant, maternity benefits would be as sacrosanct as the G.I. Bill.
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin in:Family politics: love and power on an intimate frontier, McGraw-Hill, 1983, p. 120
- Your integrity is sacrosanct. It is who you are. Never let anyone step on your integrity - that's absolutely where you must stand solid.
- Master Sgt. Brian Potvin in: Core Values Spotlight': Integrity, jble.af.mil
- The enormous privileges given to Brahmins by the Vedas were sacrosanct only as long as they went unchallenged. The challenge rose in the Tamil country like a whirlwind, spearheaded by an iconoclast who questioned the Vedas and gods as well.
- Periyar E. V. Ramasamy in: W. B. Vasantha Kandasamy et al., Fuzzy and Neutrosophic Analysis of Periyar's Views on Untouchability, Infinite Study, 2005 , p. 103.
- Quotes are sacrosanct. They must never be altered other than to delete a redundant word or clause, and then only if the deletion does not alter the sense of the quote in any way. Selective use of quotes can be unbalanced. Be sure that quotes you use are representative of what the speaker is saying and that you describe body language (a smile or a wink) that may affect the sense of what is being reported. When quoting an individual always give the context or circumstances of the quote.
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- Espionage is about redefining Good and Evil, the violable and the sacrosanct .
- I don't want to flee, nor do I want to abandon the battle of these farmers who live without any protection in the forest. They have the sacrosanct right to aspire to a better life on land where they can live and work with dignity while respecting the environment.
- Dorothy Stang in: Fighting Impunity: The Murder of Sister Dorothy Stang, 2014 Environmental Defender Law Center
- The brahmins settled in Tamilnadu saw themselves as keepers of what they now regarded as sacrosanct Vedic tradition.
- To this class belongs this astonishing theory of the Baumgartenian trinity — goodness, beauty, and truth — … and they all think, when pronouncing these sacrosanct words, that they speak of something quite definite and solid — something on which they can base their opinions.
- So much about religion has to do with rigid, sacrosanct preciousness. I don't live my life that way, and I don't feel that's what Baha'u'llah teaches.
- Rainn Wilson in: Rainn Wilson: Hollywood’s funny guy talks straight about being a Baha’i, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States, 15 May 2007
- The family was viewed as sacrosanct: divorce was highly unusual and children were expected to be grateful for the sacrifices that parents, who postponed their own gratifications in forming a family, made on their behalf.